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the speaker met in person to talk about the fiscal cliff was more than three weeks ago. and just after midnight on sunday, making history. the governor signed the voter-approved referendum into law on wednesday. and hugo chavez is returning to cuba for more cancer surgery but this time he is making sure a new leader is in place in case he doesn't return, and he named the vice president as his choice for a replacement in case something happens for him. the 58-year-old president is still scheduled to be sworn in for a new six--year-term on january 10th. sad news for fans of music star jenny rivera. there doesn't appear to be any survivors. the plane lost contact with air
traffic controllers early this morning. so far no cause has been given for that crash. the national menorah in front of the white house was illuminated tonight marking the first day of hanukkah. and no hanukkah celebration would be complete without the spinning dradel. great lakes, i don't have to tell you, you are getting slammed with snow. we are still aweek and a half away from the start of winter. 8 inches of snow now in the twin cities and a few more inches will accumulate tonight and that storm will bring rain to new england tomorrow. we have more on the fisl cliff talks.
president obama and john boehner met face-to-face at the white house to try to prevent the fiscal cliff. now just 23 days away. the wording here is identical, ending with this, the lines of communication remain open. the two men last spoke by phone on wednesday and on friday mr. boehner said the white house had wasted another week for potential compromise. we don't know what prompted this meeting just that for the first time in a while the two sides are agreeing on something even if it's just the wording of their statements and keeping tight-lipped about what was said. don? >> thank you very much. in today's meetings between president obama and speaker boehner, is it a sign that we are close to a fiscal cliff deal? i asked the senior cnn analyst,
david gergen. >> this week is a crucial week to see if they can get a break through. in fact, they are willing to sit down and they did it in private, and instead of the political theater we have seen in the last few weeks i think that's encouraging. there's even a bigger long-term issue, and that is whether the kind of agreement they can reach now will lead to a grand bargain, or whether it's going to amount to a mouse instead of an elephant. we will have to see what they can craft this week and see if they can get passed the fiscal cliff. the bargain is really important, too. in some ways, don, what is at stake is whether they can craft a deal is that win/win. each side can walk away with something in the short term saying this is encouraging. this is a moment, don, when a lot of things are hanging in the
balance. having them sit down today is encouraging because it means they don't want to take us all the way to the 11th hour and 59th minute. they want to get a break through now and that's encouraging. >> and are their hints they are moving closer together in a deal. we'll talk about that next. list of almost two thousand corporate partners - companies like microsoft, american red cross and adobe - to create options for you. not only that, we're using what we learn from these partners to shape our curriculum, so that when you find the job you want you'll be a perfect fit. let's get to work.
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fiscal cliff talks was at a standstill, boehner spent the day at the white house with obama, and we like to spend our afternoons with analysts. we have the senior writer for espn. good to see both of you. okay? >> yes. >> boehner had pretty tough words for the president on friday. let's listen. >> there is a lot of things possible to put the revenue on the table but none of it will be possible if the president insists on his position and insist on my way or the highway. >> anna, he also said the white house has wasted another week, and now two days later, they are meeting again. did boehner's remarks make the difference? >> good. i think it's great. we cannot reach a deal if you are posturing and negotiating through press conferences. they need to sit in a room and
look at each other and talk constructive debate and move the ball forward. i think what happened today is a very good sign. americans should be encouraged, it's a good thing when the congressional leader and president is capable of meeting and talking about the difficult issues that face this country. what a refreshing and new idea. >> so you hear members of the gop, and you here corker, and they are saying he will only do this, and then the messaging that you hear on television is quite different than what is actually being said behind closed doors. i think you make a good point, ana. do you agree there seems to be competing messaging going on here? >> they have to do the posturing to make sure the public stays on their side of it, and the constituents look like they are doing what they said they would do, and this is the only way
they will get anything done, sitting in a room and hashing it out. both of these men are very, very pragmatic. they are very caution guys. they are not as extreme as some of the voices in their parties happen to be. you have two politicians in washington doing what needs to be done for the better of the country, and i agree it's a good thing, and maybe they went to see lincoln together to see if they can get something done like lincoln did. >> a promanc going on. >> this is not the end-all be all of the negotiations. there's a lot of big and hairy problems facing the country that president obama and congress will want done, so there's a lot of room and space and time, four long years for negotiations. sometimes the democrats will have more leverage and sometimes the republicans will have more
leverage. >> right. people yell it's not fair, it's not fair, everybody does it. >> it's not four years. we will have a debt ceiling conversation in a few months. you have to remember that this is rapid fire. as soon as we get passed the fiscal cliff, president obama will have to meet again with boehner to discuss the debt ceiling. steven baldwin was arrested and when he was released he wanted to come on this show and explain himself. that's next. reas are reporting reas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america. we support nearly 250,000 jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. our commitment has never been stronger.
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then i had a very public bankruptcy filing because i have been trying to maintain all this stuff and then i got hit with the bad situation that i am in right now with some accountants that didn't represent me appropriately, so it has been a domino affect. the blessing is, to be honest with you in the wake of what has happened in the last 48 hours i have had nothing but really positive support from business people, partners i am involved with with stuff i have coming in the new year that will helpful to straightening all this out. i am looking forward to looking into that and looking there and paying my taxes. >> how did that turn into an arrest if you knew what was going on? >> well, that's part of the conversation that we have been having with these folks, was that sometimes, don, when you
are in a certain position, things happen a certain way. as i said before -- >> come on, stephen, you have always been very up front with me, so what do you think? >> i think when you are in a certain position of visibility and you don't do things the right way, legally they have the right to come down on you in a certain way so that other people say to themselves, well, maybe i should do the right thing? and that's part of the situation, i believe, that i am in right now and i am hopeful that it's going to be the -- the end result will be that i can move forward and stay positive and be successful in the business that i have coming in the new year. >> because you are a celebrity, you think they made an example of out of you? >> well, listen, i think that's
not something that we have not seen in the past that hasn't been true. i don't want to sugar coat one thing. i have the utmost respect for the people that i am in the conversation with, the rocklin county d.a. is upset and i want to do the right thing and get this bill paid. i can do it, i just have to get back to work. >> okay, good. can you explain the mugshot to me? some people compared this mugshot to zoo lander because it looks like you are posing here, you look like zoolander in the mugshot. what was going on with you? >> i think we will share in this, don, when you take in the photos, you are used to, like, one expression a lot of the time, and -- >> you made that pose with your daughter in that picture, right? that's your pose. is that your -- what does -- is
that your magnum? >> well, i look at it this way, if i am in the situation i am in, i might as well have a decent mugshot. >> give me the pose? strike a pose. how was it? >> you are not going to really make me do this, are you? >> yeah. >> does that work. >> you are such a good sport. >> you are, too. thank you for letting me come on and talk about this. >> as a charity, we will put it online for you, and it benefits his mom's charitable organization. look for it online on our blog. some workers in the state are not happy about one thing, and that's next. you don't have to inbound front of a television to watch cnn, you can do it if your computer at work, go to cnn.com/tv. orsep. what's that in reindeer-power?
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one of the biggest labor unions in the state is firmly against the law which limits the union's power. the republican governor says he will sign the bill if it hits his desk this week. you know, it's been dubbed the fireball over texas. a bright light was seen streaking across the houston sky friday morning and for a few hours it was the walk of the town. debra wrigley of ktrk has the story. >> reporter: from a nasa camera, it looked like a bright light above the earth. these are from eyewitness viewers around the houston area. just as day was breaking a bright flash of light that some people thought was lightning. >> i was like i guess it's going to rain. >> reporter: it wasn't the weather and it was spotted all around texas. this map just a sampling of sightings in the houston area, and these are some of the pictures sent to abc 13.com showing a small area of colored light. others showing a trail behind it. and people have been talking about it all day.
>> like a ufo, taking a picture of the sky, like a big flash. >> co-workers who are talking about did you hear about the flash this morning? i'm like flash? should i be concerned? >> reporter: at the houston museum of natural science, not concern, but a lot of curiosity. >> it's going so fast it actually gets through the atmosphere. that makes the glow. >> the museum's astronomer suspects it's a meteorite, a small piece of rock burning through space. if it meets the criteria. >> did it make a trail, did it actually move, did it change color, did it move from east to west? >> reporter: a lot of scientists searching for an explanation of what's called the fireball over texas. a lot of people who aren't scientists as well. >> i have heard different things about 2012, so it's kind of scary because it's getting closer to that day. >> that was debra wrigley reporting. nasa has since cleared up the confusion. the flash was a meteor. changing the look of our men
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a man who shot three people to death on an indian reservation in california has been killed. police near fresno were involved in the shoot-out with the man that reportedly opened fire earlier on several people, three of whom died. his two young daughters were wounded, and police chased the suspect and said he shot at them, too. the national menorah in front of the white house, illuminated tonight, marking the start of hanukkah. of course, no hanukkah celebration would be complete without a spinning draddel. >> the big event at the nation's capital, president obama will be inaugurated for a second term and that means plenty of turnover among his top advisoriers.
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encouragement and give them an idea that they are not alone, and that they can treat their condition and survive it is very important, so that's why i am partnering with them has been very poimportant to me, becauset has enabled me to live my life to the fullest. i have thought about my own mortality a number of times especially since i was diagnosed with leukemia, and all of a sudden you realize there's a clock up there with your name on it and it's ticking. >> what would your day be like without the drug? >> i have to take my medication every day and i have to see my doctor and consult with him a couple times a year, four times a year, and i get my blood tested to make sure the goals that we are trying to achieve are being met. >> but if that drug was not
there, what would it be like? >> if that drug was not there, i probably would have had to undergo bone marrow transplant or something of that nature to try and lick it. >> it seems that we have reached a turning point when it comes to marijuana helping out with those diseases. it's been legalized in certain places, medical marijuana in california and on and on. what do you think about for the treatment of leukemia? where do you stand on that? >> the safest thing to do is talk to a haeemotologist. i remember reading about certain plants that grow in the amazon basin that are unique to that area that could have benefits for people, so you know, gold is
where you find it. >> you are a huge jazz fan, right? >> yes. >> you have a big collection and a lot of it was lost in a fire? >> all my vinyl is gone. >> i just started collecting vinyl. you must have been heartbroken. >> the technology was changing at that point from vinyl to cd, and i have been able to get most of what i lost on cd, and it has not been that much of a loss, although it has taken 20 to 30 years to replace every year. >> but, you know, that movie, i think that everybody that works in the airline industry watches that movie. i was flying in europe on another airline, and the pilot, it was a really big plane that had extra seats in the cockpit, and before we took off one of the pilots came out and said come with me, and i went into
the cockpit and they strapped me in and they took off and now they can tell everybody that we flew with murdoch. >> roger murdoch. i am an airline pilot. >> that actually happened. >> what is taller? you or the staffer? >> the statue is taller and it's taller than every other statue. i am closest to the street so everybody sees my statue first. >> how tall? >> 17 feet. >> it's an acknowledgment of what i achieved. >> what prompted you to write a children's book? >> i had an issue with the fact that so many kids, especially inner city kids don't think they can be a success unless they are involved in sports or entertainment. you take a young man growing up in harlem or the south side of chicago or here in atlanta and he wants to be jay-z, and he wants to be lebron james or
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of war that haunted him every since. >> december 7th, 1941, a date that will live in infamy. >> i actually enlisted in january of 1943. i would have been drafted anyway, but i was anxious to get after it, the people that started that whole war, and i found myself on a ship in december of 1943, and my name is morton, and i was with the 29th infantry division. i was assigned to a communications intercept place where we intercepted german radio to help break down the german enigma code.
>> as d-day approached, our job, our mission, was to board the ship and be prepared for d-day whenever it actually took place. and we soon found out that it was supposed to be june 5th, and the weather was bad and generalize egenera generalizgeneral eisenhower made it the 6th. our job was to move out fast. >> enemy fire was very intense. very, very heavy casualties at the beach. 7,000 or 8,000 of our group was killed or wounded at that beach. there was a smell -- the smell of the exploding gun powder, and
shortly afterwards the smell of people, bodies being torn apart, the smell of human flesh. it was an experience that any of us would have experienced this, and it was very difficult to keep from having recall that makes life difficult sometimes. those of us who survived are very thankful obviously. i know stories of comrades whose war was over that first day they were so badly injured or lost a limb or something like that. and their war was over. i try not to think too much about this all the time. you have to go on with life. we needed to move on to our primary objectives to be on the beach, and i was eventually
assigned to one general's army. it was a warm welcome. the french were delighted. they flew flowers and kisses and so on. after the liberation of paris, our mission was to move rapidly eastward, and the tank there was moving rapidly, and we followed him into belgium and into holland in december of 1944. >> much more to the story.
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>> our first contact was -- it's what we call now the contact, and we blew down the walls of this big area, and we were greeted by thousands of dead bodies. it was identified to us afterwards as the germans had poured gasoline on people and burned them alive. we were given ordered to go, and we came under fire. the camp w, after neutralizing their fire and blowing down the gates, we were again greeted by thousands of dead bodies. we came to a cream toream area, and there were 10 or 12 ovens in the camp, and most of the doors
were hot and when we got them open we found bones and ashes and we had no idea what to do with them. we did not try to do anything else. medical got there shortly afterwards and did what they had to do, and it was impossible to conceive man's treatment to another man. american soldiers, a bunch of innocent guys didn't know of such terrible things in life and we were being exposed to all of this. and it affected us terribly. >> the ninth army bounds along the road through the roar to berlin. >> this was rapidly approaching in early may of 1945. the russians occupied this.
>> general eisenhower informed me they have surrendered to the united nations. >> you think, great, we can go home now. but there's the little issue of the japanese who started this whole thing with pearl harbor. well, the bombs were dropped in august of 1945, and that war was over. >> the japanese have signed terms of unconditional surrender. ♪ >> i first got over the radio what had taken place, and i immediately broadcast it over the radios to all the other troops there. we're going home! it's over! it's over! when i returned to commemorate
the d-day anniversary, it was overwhelming. i -- i got to those beaches in normandy, and i got the little vials of sound, and the sand was red even 50 years later. taking my family through the military cemetery where 10,000 of my comrades were buried for the grace of less than an inch, i could have been there. life was good to me, but these guys, there they were, they had nothing after they were 19 years old, 18 years old. we fought and we died for the purposes that we all know about, but it's still very elusiveo